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I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone.

You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example.

My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case.

Thanks.

I’m looking for examples for something I’m writing. Trans people are diagnosed as trans based on not much more than their say-so. There are no lab tests, MRIs, CT or X-rays to diagnose it. I don’t think there’s any other medical field in which they cut off your testicles, uterus or any other organ because of the patient’s decision alone. You can rule out cosmetic surgeries as an example, because trans surgeries aren’t just cosmetics - a double mastectomy isn’t just a breast reduction, for example. My understanding is that psychiatric surgeries have gone mostly out of style, and while might be performed in some countries still, they’re a very rare edge case. Thanks.

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I agree with you except for one thing, all transitioning procedures (surgeries, laser hair removal, and hormones) are cosmetic. That's why they do it, to look a certain way. The body parts are not being altered because they are diseased, the person simply wants to look different. The genital surgeries are particularly crazy to me because they basically don't function at all and have an extremely high complication rate causing actual serious medical problems (see Exulansic's videos for examples). There is no way currently to give a female person a functioning penis or a male person a functioning vulva and vagina, they're willing to go through all that horror just to look like they sort of have one, from a distance. It's really criminal how many of these patients seem to be uninformed about both the best case end result and the complications.